Community Outreach Important Factor for Asst. Principal Zach Beshea ‘11
June 26, 2018
Zach Beshea ’11 has always been good at math. Early on, he realized his knack for numbers and enjoyed teaching his friends. He’s now using his passion for education to impact children as the assistant principal at Kendall Elementary in Boerne ISD.
“My mom was a bookkeeper at Boerne High School so I was always around that community,” Beshea, a math education major, said. “I knew I wanted to be a part of that and make positive social change.”
Beshea says his job is just as much about getting to know his students as it is about their academics.
“I love working with kids and seeing their smiles,” he said. “I like to ask how they’re doing and making sure they’re doing well. It’s important to check and see what they did afterschool. Before joining Boerne ISD, I worked at Seguin High School and really learned how to connect with kids who needed a little more assistance with their social and emotional growth.”
After his mother passed away, Beshea moved back to Boerne and started teaching upper-level math. Wanting to specifically focus on making strong connections with students, Beshea took on his current role in administration. In addition to his position during the school year, he’s currently serving as the Pre-K through fifth grade bilingual summer school principal.
“Kids have such a wide variety of needs,” he said. “We can learn so much by just talking with them and find out why they’re upset or learn about their family. It’s the most fulfilling work and while we pour a lot into it, we get so much back watching the children grow. I’ve been at Kendall Elementary for two and a half years and just the growth I’ve seen in my time here is unbelievable, especially with our bilingual summer school.”
That chance to initiate social change and make a difference in the lives of students is the driving force behind his work. Making opportunities available, especially in the STEM areas, is very important given Beshea’s background in math education.
“While we know there’s a high demand to fill STEM positions, we also have to remember we need people to teach those subjects. In Boerne ISD, we’re hired new full-time robotics teachers full-time at the middle and high school. These courses have a huge impact for our students. We even had a teacher come out to last year’s bilingual summer school to teach robotics. Exposure is so key and essential to helping break barriers. For anyone interested in teaching a STEM course I’d say it really lets you pursue your passion while also having a positive impact on the students.”
At the end of the day, Beshea says everything goes back to making personal connections and addressing the needs of the entire community. At TLU, he was able to see that firsthand while working with local schools.
“I love that TLU is in Seguin because Seguin ISD is a great place to gain experience with kids from all types of backgrounds and at all levels of learning,” he said. “At TLU, I learned about how to work with communities and families in your area. It took me beyond the university.”
He’s especially proud of Kendall Elementary School’s outreach program, Title I Parent Night. As part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title I funds provide assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families to ensure children meet challenging state academic standards.
“It’s a chance to educate the parents as well as the kids,” he said. We have activities and dinner and we engage with the children and their families about things they’re learning. For example, teachers made a cookbook and listed all of the measurements so kids could potentially help their parents make dinner while also working on fractions and math. We want to show them that can work with their kids on school subjects while doing every day activities.“
Beshea says he’s grateful for the support he’s received from family, friends, and his fiancé Audrey Castro for their encouragement.
“Boerne ISD is one of the fastest-growing school districts in Texas and it’s a great place to work,” he said. “I love all 800 of my students. It’s so rewarding to see them grow throughout the years and soar to expectations you can’t even imagine.”
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